Another playoff game, another great atmosphere at The Peake. Here are some sights and sounds that made it great.
SEEN AND HEARD
* It was a White Out at The Peake. Every fan received a white shirt that said “TEAM IS COMMUNITY” on the front. The arena full of white shirts looked great on TV.
* Former Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden had front-row courtside seats. The recent first-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns was recognized on the Jumbotron. It was a nice gesture, if only they'd spelled his name correctly. It's W-E-E-D-E-N, not W-E-E-D-O-N.
* The throng watching the game outside The Peake continues to grow. A crowd of about 5,000 gathered on Reno Avenue to watch the game on the LED screen on the northwest corner of the building. That was double the crowd that showed up for Game 1.
* Spotted: Oklahoma offensive coordinator Josh Heupel, former Thunder player Desmond Mason, former Sooner defensive back Derrick Strait and Stanford football signee Barry Sanders. Also seen was Matt Donovan, who became the first hockey player born, raised and trained in Oklahoma to make the NHL when he was called up earlier this year by the New York Islanders.
* To the lady wearing the glasses and sitting courtside near the Mavs bench: watching you give Rick Carlisle and the refs the business was grand fun. If we had to guess, you've been a schoolteacher at some point in your life.
NBA super fan James Goldstein made his Oklahoma City playoff debut Monday night.
How many playoff games so far for you?
“Only two so far. Saturday, I had a tough time. I couldn't come to Oklahoma and get back to L.A. for the game there, so that's a weird thing that I didn't see a game.”
A rare day off for you during the playoffs?
“It's hard with the games in L.A. and the games in the Southwest. I'm going back to L.A. tomorrow. Then, I'm going to Memphis Wednesday, Dallas Thursday, Denver Friday.”
What do you think of the Thunder so far?
“I really love watching them because it's such an exciting team.”
Are you looking forward to a potential Thunder-Lakers matchup?
“I am because I'm an anti-Laker fan, and I'm confident the Thunder can beat them.”
Highlights from the live game chat on NewsOK.com:
8:59 p.m.: Comment from baxterc: Rick Carlisle calls timeout to complain about not getting calls.
9:02 p.m.: Comment from MartzMimic: Wow!
9:03 p.m.: Comment from Earl, NYC: I'm guessing they called a foul on Perk. Dirk definitely threw the first forearm.
9:03 p.m.: Comment from Jacob Unruh: Did Perk swing?
9:05 p.m.: Comment from TEN: Are we having fun yet?
11:29 p.m.: Comment from ThunderSonics: I can't take two of these in a row.
11:30 p.m.: Comment by Thunder Rolls: My oh my!